We were devastated to learn of the untimely death of naturalist, broadcaster, environmentalist and mentor to many of those on Mooney Goes Wild, Dick Warner. Dick worked on over over 90 broadcast television documentaries, including the memorable Waterways series. Our deepest sympathies to Dick's family and friends.
Derek Mooney presents The Dawn Chorus through the night live from Cushkinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, Co. Cork including documentaries on The American Alligator, Carl Linnaeus (Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist), The Black-Tailed Godwit and Rainforests Of Costa Rica.
From midnight until 6am, join Derek and the Mooney Goes Wild team in celebrating Ireland's beautiful birdsong in our legendary six-hour Dawn Chorus special. Broadcasting from Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh, the National Botanic Gardens, and the RTÉ studios in Dublin, we'll bring you the very best of the Dawn Chorus in the company of Ireland's leading ornithologists and wildlife experts, including Eric Dempsey, Jim Wilson, Niall Hatch, Terry Flanagan and Dr. Matthew Jebb. Plus, a chance to hear some of our wildlife documentaries:
00:00 - 01:00 The American Alligator 01:00 - 02:00 Carl Linnaeus 02:00 - 03:00 The Black-tailed Godwit 03:00 - 04:00 Rainforests of Costa Rica
And we'd love you to get in touch! Text 51551, e-mail email@example.com (include a phone number!) or tweet us: @MooneyShow. It's International Dawn Chorus, so wherever you are in the world, contact us and tell us where you are, what birds you can hear, what birds you hope to be able to hear etc..., and we'll try and listen to the birdsong wherever you are!
Dawn Chorus Bouquet!
This is the Mooney Goes Wild bouquet sent to Derek to celebrate the Dawn Chorus in Cobh, from Paul Hayes of Flower Power Florists Glounthaune in Co. Cork. It's stunning - Derek loves it, particularly the birds of paradise flowers, and yellow roses, but he is hoping to get red roses some day :)
Dawn Chorus, Part 1
Derek Mooney introduces our Dawn Chorus programme from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, with Jim Wilson and Terry Flanagan. Eric Dempsey and Matthew Jebb provide commentary from the National Botanic Gardens, and for more expert opinion, we're also joined in Donnybrook by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.
Coverage continues of our Dawn Chorus programme from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, with Jim Wilson and Terry Flanagan. Eric Dempsey and Matthew Jebb provide commentary from the National Botanic Gardens, and for more expert opinion, we're also joined in Donnybrook by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.
The final hour of our Dawn Chorus programme from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, with Jim Wilson and Terry Flanagan. Eric Dempsey and Matthew Jebb provide commentary from the National Botanic Gardens, and for more expert opinion, we're also joined in Donnybrook by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland.
Dr. Richard Collins presents this documentary about Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist; known as the Father of Taxonomy, his system for naming, ranking, and classifying organisms is still in use today. The documentary was produced by Derek Mooney and first broadcast on December 30th 2009.
Jim Wilson travels to Iceland to present this documentary about the Black-Tailed Godwit; it was first broadcast on June 20th 2001, as part of the World Wild series of documentaries. It was produced by Derek Mooney.
Eanna ni Lamhna travels to Costa Rica to present this documentary about the rainforests of Costa Rica; it was first broadcast on June 6th 2001, as part of the World Wild series of documentaries. It was produced by Derek Mooney.
Throughout the month of May, listeners to our programme and wildlife lovers everywhere are going to be treated to a bonus selection of nature programmes and features as part of the RTÉ Goes Wild season!
Staring at midnight this Sunday with the Dawn Chorus on RTÉ Radio One, RTÉ Goes Wild continues with Don’s Wild Watch on RTÉ Junior…
For more information on the RTÉ Goes Wild strand, visit www.rte.ie/tv/rtegoeswild. If you'd like to download a schedule for all the different radio and TV programmes that will be part of RTÉ Goes Wild, click here.
Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie